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Open day to celebrate re-opening of bridge damaged in Boxing Day floods

A new arch to the bridge was put in place in September Credit: ITV News

Preparations are underway at Elland Bridge for an open day allowing people to go behind-the-scenes on the construction works that have been taking place since the Boxing Day floods.

It is hoped that traffic will be able to travel over the bridge by the end of the year.

The bridge near Halifax has been closed to traffic since floodwater washed out its foundations. Credit: ITV News

Graham Ramsden, Canal & River Trust project manager, says: "We've just completed a crucial stage of the bridge works by laying the ducts needed to carry electrical wires and water pipes over the new bridge. The utility companies have started the complicated task of diverting these services off the temporary utility bridge and back into the new bridge. Our next job will be to connect the four corners of the new bridge to the existing embankments before we start rebuilding the towpath under the bridge.

"We're delighted to be able to open the construction site for the day to invite people along and see what we've been doing this year. It's an incredibly complex and special project and we'll be able to explain to people the different stages of the build. Our stone mason will be on hand to demonstrate his carving skills and answer questions about his work on the bridge. The bridge will officially open in January but we hope people will come along for a look on Saturday 26th."

– Graham Ramsden, Canal & River Trust project manager